History of rugby union matches between Argentina and New Zealand
The New Zealand All Blacks first played against Argentina (Los Pumas) on 30 October 1976, but New Zealand did not award test caps for the two internationals on that tour, nor for Argentina's first internationals in New Zealand in 1979. The first Test match recognised as such by both teams was held on 26 October 1985, on a New Zealand tour of Argentina. In full Tests the teams have met 20 times, with New Zealand winning 19 and one drawn. New Zealand also won all the four early matches where only Argentina awarded caps. They have met three times at the Rugby World Cup, having been in the same pool at the inaugural tournament in 1987, then at the quarterfinals in 2011 and then again in the pool stage in 2015.
Since 2012, the teams have met twice annually in The Rugby Championship, formerly known as the Tri Nations before Argentina's entry in that year, except in 2015. Due to that year's Rugby World Cup, an abbreviated edition of The Rugby Championship was held with each side playing the others only once.
Note: Summary below reflects test results by both teams.
|Drawn||Argentina points||New Zealand points|
|In New Zealand||13||0||13||0||157||624|
Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.
|Longest winning streak||NA||22 (1 Jun 1987–Present)|
|Largest points for|
|Home||21 (2 November 1985)||93 (21 June 1997)|
|Away||22 (10 September 2016)||54 (29 September 2012)|
|Largest winning margin|
|Home||NA||85 (21 June 1997)|
|Away||NA||39 (29 September 2012)|
Below is a list of matches that Argentina has awarded matches test match status by virtue of awarding caps, but New Zealand did not award caps.
|30 October 1976||Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires||9 – 21||New Zealand||Not classed as a full international by New Zealand who fielded a New Zealand XV|
|6 November 1976||Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires||6 – 26||New Zealand||Not classed as a full international by New Zealand who fielded a New Zealand XV|
|8 September 1979||Carisbrook, Dunedin||18 – 9||New Zealand||Not classed as a full international by New Zealand who fielded a New Zealand XV|
|15 September 1979||Athletic Park, Wellington||15 – 6||New Zealand||Not classed as a full international by New Zealand who fielded a New Zealand XV|